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Who will lift the ICC World Cup?

As the ICC Cricket World Cup starts this month in New Zealand and Australia, Urban Echo takes a look at the teams who will most likely be vying for the ultimate prize in world cricket… the World Cup!

*Rankings are according to Reliance ICC ODI Rankings

 

AUSTRALIA

Ranking: 1

Past performances: 1999 (Winners), 2003 (Winners), 2007 (Winners), 2011 (Quarter-final)

Australian CaptainAustralia has competed at each of the 10 editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, winning the title four times – more than any other country. As co-hosts of the 2015 tournament, Australia will be out to wow the hometown fans and claim an unprecedented fifth World Cup title.

Star players: Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson

 

INDIA

Ranking: 2

Past performances: 2003 (Runners-up), 2007 (Pool stage), 2011 (Winners)

India captainIndia’s triumph in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1983 is still talked about today but it wasn’t until 2011, under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, that it repeated the feat at home in Mumbai. India beat co-hosts Sri Lanka in the final, leading to wide celebrations across the country. After its taste of glory in 2011, India will be out to claim back to back titles in 2015.

Star players: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Ranking: 3

Past performances: 1999 (Semi-final), 2003 (Pool stage), 2007 (Semi-final), 2011 (Quarter-final)

South African CaptainAfter qualifying for the first time for ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992, South Africa has made it through to the knock-out stage in all bar one tournament (2003) but is yet to win. The team will be looking to take its performance one step further in 2015 by securing a spot in the final.

Star players: AB De Villiers, Dale Steyn

 

SRI LANKA

Ranking: 4

Past performances: 2003 (Semi-final), 2007 (Runners-up), 2011 (Runners-up)

Sri Lanka CaptainA competitor since the inaugural tournament in 1975, Sri Lanka has seen success on the World Cup stage. It won the title in 1996, overpowering Australia in the final but was unable to repeat the feat in either 2007 or 2011 when it was defeated in the final by Australia and India respectively.

Star players: Lasith Malinga, Kumar Sangakkara

 

ENGLAND

Ranking: 5

Past performances: 2003 (Pool stage), 2007 (Pool stage), 2011 (Quarter-final)

England captainDespite coming runners up in 1979, 1987 and 1992, England is yet to win an ICC Cricket World Cup title. With a large ex-pat population in both Australia and New Zealand and the vocal support of the travelling ‘Barmy Army’, you can expect the English to bring strong support to make history in 2015.

Star players: James Anderson, Moeen Ali

 

NEW ZEALAND

Ranking: 6

Past performances: 2003 (Pool stage), 2007 (Semi-final), 2011 (Semi-final)

New Zealand CaptainNew Zealand will play proud co-host to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and will be hoping that a home crowd advantage as well as past semi-final experience will help achieve its first finals appearance in the tournament. Can the home fan base motivate New Zealand to its best World Cup performance yet?

Star players: Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum

 

PAKISTAN

Ranking 7

Past performances: 2003 (Pool stage), 2007 (Pool stage), 2011 (Semi-final)

Pakistan captainThe last time the ICC Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand, it was Pakistan which was crowned champion. After three successive appearances in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan made it one step further in 1992 when Imran Khan led his side to a 22-run win over England in the final at the MCG. It reached the final again in 1999 but failed to get out of the group stages in the last two competitions. Pakistan will be hoping for an encore of 1992 in 2015.

Star players: Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Irfan

 

WEST INDIES

Ranking: 8

Past performances: 2003 (Pool stage), 2007 (Pool stage), 2011 (Quarter-final)

<> on February 11, 2011 in Chennai, India.West Indies saw early success in the ICC Cricket World Cup winning the first two titles in 1975 and 1979 but since then has only featured twice in the knock-out stages, reaching the semi-finals in 1996 and the quarter-finals in 2011.

Star plyers: Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine

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